Eight new clients have signed new leases with TSP, with three more ready to move in by the end of June.
The businesses span a wide range of sectors, including investment, media, software development, training and recruitment, monitoring technology and online video and webcasting, bringing more than 20 new jobs to the Park.
They join around 80 business already located at TSP, employing a total of more than 650 staff with a combined turnover in excess of £95 million.
TSP is a founding partner in GAIN (the Growth, Acceleration and Investment Network). GAIN was set up by Plymouth University, Plymouth City Council and TSP to accelerate growth and investment in high quality businesses and ideas to create wealth and jobs in the region.
Simon Chamberlain, chairman of TSP, said: “Tamar Science Park combines a superb working environment with an expanding range of services to support business growth and innovation. The diversity of new companies moving onto the Park is testament to its broad and growing appeal as we focus on its role as a regional hub for GAIN’s activities, and we’re delighted to welcome them.”
One of the new clients is Tangent Technologies, which moved in on Monday 2 April. The business specialises in using acoustic technology to measure the integrity of a wide range of structures, from bridges, cranes and pipelines to aircraft, ships and even submarines.
Liz Walker, operations manager at Tangent Technologies, said: “Our office was previously based in Dorset with another branch in Berkshire, but we wanted to open a new office in Plymouth as it will facilitate working closely with the Ministry of Defence and there is a great talent pool of engineers in the South West from which we hope to recruit.
“We looked at several office set-ups in and around the city, but were attracted to TSP because it offers the complete package of location, excellent facilities, being well run and is an impressive place to invite clients to visit us. We have three members of staff based there initially and will be recruiting for two new engineering positions soon. We hope that TSP will provide the perfect base for our South West office and be an excellent place to continue to grow the business.”
Plymouth City Council leader, Councillor Tudor Evans said: “This is great news. These are exactly the sort of companies we want to see here. They’re dynamic, innovative and are already forging ahead in areas where we believe our future economic prosperity lies.
“While we know it has been extremely tough for some businesses, it is important to remember that some companies are not just bearing up, but doing extremely well and in the right place to flourish. I look forward to watching their progress.”
Professor Julian Beer, Pro Vice-Chancellor at Plymouth University who is spearheading GAIN said: “TSP is the hub of GAIN and along with the Innovation Centres in Cornwall we are seeing a really positive demand for a supportive business environment where those innovative businesses that are focusing on growth can access a range of services over and above just the property. TSP is doing particularly well in attracting new businesses and we look forward to working with them in the future.”
The eight companies which have joined TSP since January are:
• Carbon Pixel
• RAME Investment
• Vualto Ltd
• Rebecca Garrett Media
• Competitive Edge
• Synergy Training South West
• Appliance Care
• Tangent Technologies
TSP, which is jointly owned by Plymouth University and Plymouth City Council, has recently strengthened its team with the appointment of a new Business Development Director, Andy Burroughs, and three Non-Executive Directors. They will be focussing on broadening the Park’s services for business as part of the regional GAIN network.
For more information about Tamar Science Park, please visit www.tamarsciencepark.com.
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